LG sells 5 mln LTE smartphones

With the global sales of five million LTE smartphones, LG Electronics has reached a new milestone. Since starting the LTE trend with the Revolution in May 2011, it sold five million high-speed data connected handsets.


The Optimus LTE is the most popular LTE smartphone from LG with 2 million in sales.


Airtel launches HSPA+ nationwide

Airtel Ugenda is a indian-backed cellco.it has recently announced the launch of a nationwide ‘3.75G’ HSPA+ network.

The new platform is capable of providing speculative maximum download speeds of 21Mbps. It is now available in more than 30 towns and cities. It will start operating in another nine in due course of time.

The network currently consisted of 325 base stations, though the operator plans for that number to exceed 400 shortly. In terms of devices, Airtel has a number of dongles, handsets and routers that are compatible with the new platform as well as a tablet computer. Airtel spokesperson while emphasizing the provider’s focus on delivering high speed services commented “Fast has become an attitude, especially in business. If you are not fast, you will not survive.”


Optimus primes LTE network with Huawei antennas

According to Huawei, Portuguese mobile operator Optimus has selected Huawei to provide UMTS/Long Term Evolution (LTE) multi-frequency antennas for the cellco’s commercial 4G network.

The deployment of Huawei’s multi-band (1800MHz/2100MHz/2600MHz) antennas is anticipated to save on operation and maintenance costs. It will also improve the system throughput, capacity and overall network performance.

Optimus’s CEO Jose Pinto Correia commented “Huawei antennas showed great performance on existing network tests, which gave us more confidence in LTE network deployment,’ he further added: “Optimus is committed to enhancing user experience for mobile broadband, hence Huawei has been our strategic partner in mobile broadband development since 2005.”

Optimus launched its LTE network on a commercial basis in March 2012; the firm expects to achieve 80% population coverage by end-December 2012.


Ericsson, researchers embark on LTE optimization project

Ericsson in collaboration with the Australian researchers will work on a three-year project to improve the efficiency of mobile broadband.

The project is supported by grants from the Australian Research Council as well by Ericsson. The team includes professors Graham Goodwin and Rick Middleton who will develop tools and techniques based on systems theory and optimization for control and scheduling of LTE systems. The research will take place at the University of Newcastle.

Middleton said “Although LTE has been rolled out in several locations in Australia, it is more or less in experimental mode and there are issues and performance problems. To get the 100 megabits per second and much higher from these systems is a very challenging problem, particularly if there are lots of users coming on at once in the one area.” He also informed that this new project follows collaboration with Ericsson that focused on 3G.


PTA Advertises Consultancy Requirements for 3G Auction

On the directions of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority today (13th August, 2012) advertised the RFP (Request for Proposal) for the consultancy services of 3G spectrum auctions.

PTA had initially issued information memorandum for 3G auction, base prices for spectrum and the date for bidding without hiring a consultant. But it eventually advertised the hiring of consultant, on the pressure from government to follow PPRA rules for public procurement such as 3G.

PTA has now advertised the requirement of a consultancy firm, which is likely to help the authority in developing the IM. Consultant firm will assist PTA in all steps of auction including marketing, valuation, process design and maintaining transparency to best benefit the government of Pakistan.

The advertisement reads that the following expertise and experience should have a Consultant:

  • Mobile Cellular license/spectrum auction along with relevant financial, economic, technical, legal and regulatory experience
  • Spectrum valuation, spectrum auction design, process management for 3G and beyond technologies / services and concluding transactions of similar nature.

Telekom expands LTE services in North Germany

Telekom has rolled out LTE mobile broadband services in the communities of Jembke, Duderstadt and Bleckede in Lower Saxony. The service supports data rates of up to 100 Mbps.


Telekom aims to roll out LTE to over 100 German cities by end-2012. The service is accessible through an LTE Speedstick, providing a download speed of up to 7.2 Mbps and an upload speed of around 1.4 Mbps. The new Mobile Data tariff Call & Surf Comfort costs EUR 39.95 per month.


Google Nexus S 4G Gets Rasbeanjelly ROM Based Android 4.1 Update

Google’s Nexus line of smartphones has been getting a constant rush of Jelly Bean ROM updates in recent times. Nexus S 4G is the latest to get custom ROM based Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update.

Rasbeanjelly ROM based Jelly Bean update is now available for Nexus S 4G users. This custom ROM is designed to offer pure and seamless Android experience together with feature enhancements and performance optimization in the ROM.

Some of the notable feature enhancements include butter smooth performance, improved actionable notifications, faster browser, smarter keyboard, advanced voice recognition, etc. Nevertheless, as the XDA developer notes, Rasbeanjelly ROM seems to have one major limitation – cannot connect USB storage devices.

Telus expands British Columbia LTE coverage

Telus has expanded its 4G LTE mobile broadband network coverage in the western Canadian province of British Columbia, launching its high speed data services to additional locations including Burnaby, North Vancouver, New Westminster, South Delta and West Vancouver, under a plan to cover 90% of the province’s population by the end of this year.

MTN looks to sell off towers in domestic market

MTN South Africa is planning to sell off half of its base station infrastructure to improve efficiencies. The company owns around 6,000 towers in South Africa.

The pan-African MTN group has already completed similar infrastructure agreements in other parts of the continent as well like in Ghana and Uganda.

Commenting on the plans, which are still under consideration, Pienaar said: “The infrastructure on the ground, it’s not our core focus, so we don’t leverage it to the extent that perhaps we could.” He further added adding “a sale would only be of the passive elements of the network. However, a sale of active components has not been ruled out in the future.”

Tigo Tanzania Outlines Network Upgrade Plans

­Tigo, a Tanzanian mobile network has outlined plans to spend US$100 million on network upgrades by the end of this year.

Tigo said in a statement “This material investment will increase network capacity, improve coverage and enhance users’ experience,”

Tigo General Manager Diego Gutierrez says the expansion, which is expected to be completed by end of this year, will spread to all 26 regions including, Lake Zone region, Northern and Southern regions, Mtwara, Iringa and Coast, giving Tigo the largest coverage footprint in the country.

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